SUPPORTING CARERS AT WORK MAKES BUSINESS SENSE

Tasmania has the highest percentage of carers in any Australian state or territory – there are 73,800 carers in Tasmania, which is about 15% of the Tasmanian population.

Most people’s lives will include at least one episode of caring, or looking after someone.

Already, about 1 in 8 members of your workforce will be caring for someone who is ill, frail or has a disability.

In the current economic climate it is an important time to retain skilled workers rather than recruiting and retraining new staff.

With an ageing population and an increasing number of Tasmanians combining work alongside a caring role, supporting carers in today’s workplace is vital.

Forward looking employers now recognise caring as an issue, which has an increasing impact on their employees and on themselves as businesses.

Research shows that far from compromising business objectives, using a flexible working approach achieves impressive business results, which attract and retains staff, reduces stress, reduces training and costs, reduces sick leave, produces cost savings, improves people management and increases staff morale.

Organisations that have introduced flexible working and special leave arrangements for carers have judged them a success, with their message being that it makes business sense to care for carers.

Carers Tasmania is the state-wide voice for family carers, representing and providing support to carers in our community.

Working closely with government and other support organisations to improve the lives of caring families, Carers Tasmania aims to enhance the health and well-being of carers and to endorse caring as a whole of community responsibility.

An opportunity to support Carers Tasmania and the carers in your workforce and our community is on offer at the Carers Tasmania corporate hospitality events at Blundstone Arena.

Through their partnership with the North Melbourne Football Club, they are delighted to be able to offer corporate packages for Round 17 on Saturday July 12th (North Melbourne V St Kilda) and Round 22 on Saturday August 23rd (North Melbourne V Adelaide).

The hugely entertaining guest speakers this year are Max Walker and Wayne Carey.

Motivational speaker, Max Walker at the previous Carers Tasmania AFL event

Motivational speaker, Max Walker, at a previous Carers Tasmania event

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to support the caring community as well as rewarding staff or clients, and simply enjoying a great afternoon of entertainment.

Contact Susie on 03 6231 5507 or susie@carerstasmania.org

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